Whether your travels are taking you near or far, you can embrace the beauty of being fully away.
Posted in , Aug 3, 2017
When I was growing up, my family spent two weeks at the beach every summer. Around the end of the first week, my mother would sigh contentedly, look around as if for the first time, and say, “Ok, now I’ve arrived.”
I never quite understood what she meant, but as an adult, I really get how difficult it can feel to transition from the pace, tasks and timing of everyday life into a “vacation mindset.” Here are three ways I attempt to minimize the swing and enjoy more time to relish being fully, completely “away.”
1. Set a Technology Boundary
In the digital age, it can feel harder than ever to be unreachable and free to focus on the people, places and things that are your temporary home when you’re on vacation. For most of us, it’s neither practical nor enjoyable to shelve the phone, tablet and laptop altogether while we’re away. But you can set some rules of engagement for your tech, choosing perhaps to only check email once daily, using social media only to share photos from your travels or stepping back from your regular rotation of online news sites. Enjoying your trip doesn’t mean ignoring your home life—but having smart, achievable boundaries will keep you from feeling like half of you is somewhere else.
2. Define Your Own Vacation
For some people, vacation time means touring and exploring unknown locales, meeting new people and trying new-to-them cuisines. For others, vacation bliss is sitting on a beach or wooded front porch with a book on their lap, a cup of coffee by their side and nothing whatsoever on the agenda for the day. One of the best ways to transition easily into vacation mode is to set the trip up for success from the earliest planning stages. Choose a trip that offers everyone in your party something that jives with their travel personality, so they can more easily step away from what they would have been doing at home.
3. Share the Load
One thing I certainly didn't do well enough as a child was to lighten my mother’s load on vacation. I suspect that if I had folded more towels, washed more dishes or rinsed off more beach toys, Mom would have “arrived” more quickly to our vacation. If you are the caretaker in your family, don’t be afraid to ask for help with tasks that could get in the way of your vacation experience. And if you think you could be more helpful….go for it! Many hands make light work, after all—and with light work, everyone gets to where they’re going faster and with a smile